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Monday, February 4


The 2019 Startup Survival Guide - Navigating the Startup Ecosystem in Tampa Bay and Cultivating Bodacious Organizations!
This is a talk geared for newcomers and veterans of the startup ecosystem in Tampa Bay.  Michael Sunderland will be sharing the top reasons that Small Businesses, Startups, Entrepreneurs and the like fail and how to avoid them.

This is a 40 minute structured and unfiltered rant about the great, the bad, and the ugly about what you can expect out of the startup culture, and how to maximize your time with it. The talk will be followed with 20 minutes of Q&A.

The main talking points include:
  • Core skills needed from any startup leader
  • How to properly engage in the greater entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Choosing the right talent for your team
  • Common illegal mistakes made in early stages
  • Benefits of practicing active skepticism
  • An overall game plan to not fall flat on your face in your first years.
  • Everything else you need to know to get ahead of the game! 

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Michael Sunderland

Managing Director, Full Stack Talent
Michael Sunderland is a Tampa native, Startup Enthusiast and all out nerd. He's the managing partner of Full Stack Talent, LLC a Tampa Bay first style recruiting agency focused on bringing the absolute best in technical talent to the greater Tampa Bay area.This is his third year speaking... Read More →

Monday February 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
3: St Pete - Brocante Rear 2232 2nd Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL
Tuesday, February 5


Public Speaking, Roller Coasters, and Tourette Syndrome
Public Speaking is a pretty big fear for many people, on top of so many other things we want to accomplish in life.

We fear failure and rejection. Some people fear heights or roller coasters... you name it.

So how do we face these fears and learn to deal with them?

I grew up dealing with Tourette Syndrome, and didn't learn until I was older that I had it. It was a cloud hanging over me for a very long time. Rejection, fear of being in crowds, fear of never succeeding; they all hung over me.

I learned not to let it define me or limit me. One of the areas I have not allowed it to limit me is in public speaking. I also run a company and deal with people every single day.

So what advice do I have for anyone looking to get over their fears and take on public speaking, or any other fear they have? The same advice I have for how I got over my fear of roller coasters.

Join me and discover how you can take steps to put those fears aside and reach your potential!"

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JR Griggs

President, Red Wall Marketing
JR is the founder and president of Red Wall Marketing. He's also the Lead Organizer of Startup Week Tampa Bay. He's worked with businesses in a variety of industries to implement proven marketing strategies. He has a passion for business and marketing which is what led him to start... Read More →

Tuesday February 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2: St Pete - Morean Center For Clay 420 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712, USA


An In Depth Sit Down With The Multi Million Dollar Father Son Duo
Matt And Caleb Maddix share how they have built million dollar companies, written 18 books, and reached millions of people using social media. They will open up and take questions from the audience at the end.

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, startup entrepreneur, or established entrepreneur... it’s guaranteed they will inspire you!

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Matt Maddix

Matt Maddix is a master sales trainer, consultant and CEO of Matt Publishing, is a successful international speaker and master motivator. He has hosted over 120 live events with as many as 32,225 registrants.During past events, Maddix has shared the stage with some of the greats... Read More →
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Caleb Maddix

Caleb Maddix is a 16-year-old entrepreneur, author, international keynote speaker, and social media influencer.  Maddix is a self-made millionaire and has impacted millions of people in the process.He is the co-founder of Maddix Publishing which is the number one book publishing... Read More →

Wednesday, February 6


Over Thought, Under Sold - IMPROV
We're all guilty of having Analysis Paralysis at one time or another. This and many other scenarios (Imposter's Syndrome, Self Worth, and Focus, etc.) can affect an entrepreneur's Mental Health and chances for "success".

Join us for a quick IMPROV performance and open discussion. You'll walk away with a better understanding of how the use of language affects your internal dialogue and the ability to identify patterns in your working relationships.

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Steven Fage

Founder, My Niche is Human
Steven is Founder and President of Five Nines, Kambine, and Producer of the My Niche is Human Podcast.Steven started his career as a Robotics Engineer in the manufacturing industry.His passion for human behavior and the correlation with mental health grew as he transitioned into the... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
1: Armature Works - The Gathering 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, USA


No Excuses: Change Your Mindset and Create the Lifestyle for Success
So, you have the aspiration to start a business or change your life and career? The first step is to cut the excuses and change your mindset, allowing you to thrive and set off on the path that you’ve always dreamed of.

In this session, you’ll learn from Tampa’s own author, world-class athlete, and motivational speaker
Charles Clark (@thecharlesclark) on how to change your outlook, fight for your dreams, and ultimately
live the life you want. Charles will teach you how to become the captain of your life and gain access to
the “no excuses” mentality using the core principles of:
1. Mindset
2. Habit
3. Purpose

During this high energy event, you can expect more than just a boring PowerPoint presentation. You’ll
walk away motivated and excited with practical tools that will allow you to change your lifestyle and
increase your businesses success in Tampa Bay and beyond.

The session will close with a Q+A from Charles, so come prepared with your questions! 

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Charles Clark

CEO, Charles Clark International
Charles Clark is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of Charles Clark International, a firm that serves local to Fortune 500 clients as an expert in growth mindset, leadership, sales, and team building. His pursuit to achieve his entrepreneurial endeavors was enabled by sheer commitment... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
1: Armature Works - The Gathering 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, USA


Startup Funeral: A Celebration of Failure
An amazing town hall style celebration and acceptance of failure in entrepreneurship, individuals, startups, and life. We will uncover personal and professional 'failures', let them go, and create a community support structure for one another championing growth and re-labeling failure as a "Speed Bump."

Ways we use failure as an excuse that limits us from success:

1. Failure is holding me back because I tried and didn't succeed at something.
- I am afraid if I try again I will not succeed again.
- I am afraid of what people will say if I try again.
- I don't want to let people down again.
- I don't want to feel that emotionally again.
- I can't because I tried something before and it didn't work.

2. Failure is holding me back because I am scared of not succeeding.
- What if I fail?
- This is going to require a lot of work and if I fail I've waisted a lot of time, money, etc.
- I can't do it.

3. I am keeping a secret about 'failure'
- I am scared that if people know I was less than successful they will judge me.
- I haven't fully let go and I am not ready/can't move on.

A group journey from seeing failure as a scarlet letter to seeing it as a badge of honor.

Come with any idea or startup and “let it go” in a celebration of failure. Talk briefly about what your thing was (startup, project, idea), why it didn’t work, acknowledge the positive and bury it (metaphorically).

Attendance is open to all.
Apply to participate here.

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Gracie Stemmer

Startup Tampa Bay / TRUHAIR by Chelsea Scott
Gracie is President for Startup Tampa Bay, the local non-profit that umbrellas Tampa Bay Startup Week, Startup Weekend Tampa Bay, technology hackathons, and other startup community events and socials. In this role Gracie wears many hats but her main function is to act as an advisor and connecter within the community, bringing... Read More →
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Steven Fage

Founder, My Niche is Human
Steven is Founder and President of Five Nines, Kambine, and Producer of the My Niche is Human Podcast.Steven started his career as a Robotics Engineer in the manufacturing industry.His passion for human behavior and the correlation with mental health grew as he transitioned into the... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
1: Armature Works - The Gathering 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Thursday, February 7


YOU GOT THIS - How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome
With the rise in technology over the past decade, we’re all scrambling to learn how to best utilize the cutting-edge tech that’s fallen in our laps.

In both startups and corporate environments, this can lead to some pretty hefty imposter syndrome. If you’re in the middle of “faking it til you make it” it’s easy to get discouraged.

In this session you’ll:
  1. Learn a framework to escape the imposter syndrome zone, 
  2. Empower yourself to become an expert in any field
  3. Discover how to drive actionable change in your organization as you grow your own personal skills

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Alexander Abell

& Sr. Business Intelligence Analyst, Ashley Furniture, Co-Founder, Lunchpool
The textbook intrapreneur, Alex has spent the last 5 years applying his experience from early entrepreneurial endeavours to a number of corporate roles. Having worked on campaigns and optimization efforts for organizations like Verizon, Expedia, Notre Dame, Bose, and more, his experience... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
4: Armature Works - Social Hall 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, USA


Becoming a Successful Art Entrepreneur with #BBArt
Limited Capacity seats available

Bianca Burrows, a local Tampa Bay artist, has prepared an art piece that represents our theme for 2019, "No Excuses."

Hear about Bianca's success as an artist, the challenges she faced and how you can turn your art happy into a business. Bianca will be accompanied by Debbie Dubickas, a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and thogether they will speak about how hypnotherapy helps you achieve success in your business. 

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Bianca Burrows

Bianca Burrows is a mixed media artist / entrepreneur residing in Tampa Fl.Her New York roots show throughout her work, many describe her work as refined NY street-art.She has found a niche in commercial murals and artwork, forming her business BBart. Bianca has worked with brands... Read More →
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Debbie Dubickas

SOHO Wellness Centre
Debbie Dubickas is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist running a successful practice within a Wellness Centre in South Tampa.With over 30 years business experience, she continues to actively be involved in 4 of her own business ventures  based in the UK and in Tampa.  Whilst in... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
3: Armature Works - Social Room 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, USA


Victim to Victor: Beating the Odds to Live a Life You Love
Victim or victor?

Hear from an inspirational speaker who could have lived his life as a victim but chose to be a victor!

Born with a rare genetic condition that left him with no legs and one arm, Nick Santonastasso has defied the odds time and time again, carving out careers as a high school athlete, bodybuilder, and fitness model.

Nick rose to fame with a series of entertaining and inspirational videos, gaining a massive social media following that includes A-list stars like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Tony Robbins, and Gary Vaynerchuk.

Discover how to live as a victor rather than letting your circumstance make you a victim.

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Nick Santonastasso

Nick Santonastasso is a medical miracle. Not only is he one of four people alive with the rare genetic condition, Hanhart Syndrome, the inspirational keynote speaker is an internationally known bodybuilder and fitness model – despite missing both his legs and one arm since birth... Read More →